The opening question from an interviewer, ‘ so tell me about yourself’ is a tricky one to handle because it is so open you could go anywhere with your answer. Here are some ideas on how to handle it effectively.Read More
The moment that we think it is time to up-date our CV, a number of questions come to mind. Here are some answers to the 11 FAQs. Our expertise in this field comes for reading the top then selling CV books in the British Library, a career of recruiting in financial services and writing CVs and Linkedin Profiles for our dozens of delighted clients.Read More
Doing great research before any job interview is a given, but how do you use it to good effect and what are the three common mistakes easily made? Here are a few ideas to make sure that your time spent preparing for an interview is both purposeful and impactful.
When negotiating your compensation and package, it is vital that you find a deal that is fair to you and fair to your employer - a win for you and a win for them. During my career in Executive Search, I developed a good level of expertise in finding the right number for both parties. I have taken these skills and used them to help coaching clients when their job offer is on the table.Read More
Anyone who has read a sales book or done sales training will be familiar with the term ‘Qualifying’. It is, however, one of those words that has a number of meanings all of which are useful concepts that we can take from sales and apply to job search and interviews. Let’s take a look.Read More
It is, I imagine, very exciting and flattering to be approached by another firm, via a recruiter or directly, to open a discussion about joining them. We all want to be wanted. This is especially true if this firm is credible and has a good reputation in its field. Don’t get swept away as they ‘love bomg’ you, rather a cool head is now needed to make a sober and realistic appraisal of your current firm and the approaching firm, contrasting and comparing their respective merits so that you can make the best decsion.Read More
Listening to the speeches given at the Oscars ceremony provides lessons for job seekers on how to strike the right balance between modesty and yet acknowledging one’s contribution as they present themselves in job interviews. Here are some thoughts.Read More
When browsing LinkedIn profiles, I am always struck by how few professionals have bespoke images as their background header. Your background header appears behind your profile photo in the ‘introduction card’ on your LinkedIn profile. Changing the default header image has an impact on the aesthetics of your LinkedIn profile: it makes your profile richer, more full and enables it to stand out amongst the crowd of bland LinkedIn profiles.Read More
As a favour, I once introduced a young soon-to-be fashion graduate to a friend of mine who holds a senior position at a fantastic luxury brand. This graduate wanted to be a buyer and there was a strong chance that with her excellent grades, an introduction might help her secure her a great first job. However, after they had met, I was somewhat disappointed when my friend said: “She didn’t get it.” He didn’t mean ‘it’ as in the job - rather, he meant that she did not seem to fully appreciate the brand, product and firm that he loves with a passion. I suspect that whilst she saw this as a brilliant career opportunity for a recent graduate, she had underestimated just how strongly people feel about the firm that they work for and therefore how much enthusiasm she needed to show.Read More
There a number of key components to getting yourself thoroughly prepared for any job interview, and the last step is most probably rehearsing. Here are three levels of interview rehearsal that will ensure this last phase is done well and gives you the strongest chance of presenting yourself in the best possible way.Read More
Spending precious time investing in your network can seem like a drag until you are in trouble and really need help. By then, it is something that you can regret not having done in good time. As Harvey Mackay said, “Dig your well before you are thirsty”. Here are two ways to integrate networking into your working day, knowing that little and often will compound up and you will have a healthy, relevant professional network with a high level of social capital.
Here is a simple ethos for networking which underpins and is essential to the daily and weekly actions that build a healthy professional network of people who know, like and trust you. It is about selflessly helping people without having a toxic undeclared covert contract that expects reciprocation.Read More
Knowing who will be interviewing and what their concerns are will help you navigate your next interviews effectively and give you a competative advantage over your competition. This is where Archetypes come in. Read about the five Interviewer Archetypes that you can expect to meet during your job search journey.Read More
Here’s an idea on how a small investment in time now will save you a chunk of time later and perhaps more importantly, it will definitely save you a ton of stress.
When was the last time you upgraded your CV? I can almost feel you stress levels increasing from here. In my experience as a Career Coach, when clients need their CV, for whatever reason, they need it right now. The pressure is on to send it off, creating a stressful sense of urgency that could have been avoided with a small amount of work at the start of each year. Here’s my advice on whst you should to do revamp your CV this January - you’ll thank yourself later:Read More
A career threshold event can be defined as the point at which a stimulus results in such intense pain that it forces someone to act and explore other career options.Read More
Yes, you should have a CV, and yes, it should match the job specification you are responding to, but there is another document that everyone should write before going in for an interview. It is this document which will set you apart as a candidate and will clarify your thinking.Read More
So, you’ve spent weeks or months interviewing for a new role and you are almost overwhelmed with a sense of relief because at last you think that you are about to be offered a new job. However, at the back of your mind, you have an uneasy feeling that perhaps all is not well with the role, the form, or indeed, both. IRead More
When a number of potential clients start mentiioning the same subject then it might be the time to address the issue in this blog. The subject is a feeling that there is a pervasive ageist attitude amongst employers and younger colleagues and as a consequence people approaching or past 50 years old feel vulnerable and fearful that they will be made redundant.Read More
In last week’s blog, I discussed the Bare Essentials of using LinkedIn. Here I would like to offer some ideas that enable ambitious professionals to use this business tool to maximise its impact and get above average results.Read More
I have for the past few weeks looked at over three hundred Linkedin profiles and have noticed that quite a high proportion are so weak that those people cannot be reaping any of the significant benefits of this platform. So hear are some reasons why it worth investing a little time and effort to getting it to a workable level and what specifically to do. Of course the irony of this blog post is that the very people who might benefit from these thoughts are unlikely to be reading it; so please feel free to share.Read More